Othello Act 1 Scene 1 Questions

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

1. Although Iago, Roderigo, and Brabantio don’t seem to be getting along at first, they soon find out that they do have something in common. They are all racist towards black people. Iago and Roderigo storm into Brabantio’s house telling him how a Moor and married his daughter. Brabantio, after finding out that Othello is with his daughter, he is now also joining in on the racism calling him a Moor and getting angry. They say Moor at least 8 times in the text and not once did they even say his actual name. That shows how much they look down on him just because of his skin color and where he’s from. At the end, Brabantio even says “Call up my brother. O, would you had had her!” to Roderigo who he didn’t even like at the beginning. That shows that he would rather have anyone else marry his daughter than a mere Moor.

3. Given the way Iago, Roderigo, and Brabantio are talking about Othello, you would expect him to be some kind of womanizing, creepy, old man-rapist. The way they talk about Othello having sex with Desdimona saying “the devil will make a grandsire of you” shows a lot of negative feelings towards Othello. They also say that “an old black ram is topping your white ewe.” This also shows that he’s significantly older than Desdimona.

  1. Ante says:

    This is a good answer, it would be better if you wrote it like a one short paragraph. I like that you called for the exact words from the text.

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